Dental implants have rightly been called one of the greatest advances in dentistry: titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw to support one or more artificial teeth. Dental implants are available at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Advanced Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in San Antonio.
A common concern for many patients is whether they are too old for a dental implant. We’ll give you the good news in one short word: no!
Age is seldom, if ever, a factor in whether someone is a good candidate for an implant.
The most important condition is your overall health. Chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer can interfere with the healing process following an implant, so patients with these factors may not be good candidates.
Tobacco use may also rule someone out. Whether it’s smoked or chewed, tobacco can also restrict the healing process.
A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. It fuses with the bone, and in addition to supporting a tooth, guards against bone recession. This leads to another factor: a patient has to have enough healthy bone to support it.
Even if you don’t, there are solutions. Bone grafting is a simple procedure that promotes the growth of new bone.
Healthy Gum Tissue
A final consideration: a patient must have healthy gum tissue. The best implant candidates should be committed to daily dental hygiene, including scheduled dental visits.
If you think you may be too old to get a dental implant from William J. Stewart Jr. DDS Advanced Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in San Antonio, rest assured: age is not an issue. People from Shavano Park, Leon Springs, and Beorne also come to our practice for full range of family dentistry services. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!